Special Session 1: A strategy for protecting old growth forest in Europe

Oval Room

This session focuses on old growth forest in Europe – it’s most valuable and vulnerable habitat. Presentations by Toby Aykroyd, Wild Europe, Zoltan Kun, Frankfurt Zoological Society, and Steffen Fritz will be followed by a Q&A session.

Old growth forest is Europe’s most valuable and vulnerable habitat. Yet everywhere it is coming under threat: from logging (much of it illegal) as timber prices rise, new roads, inappropriate grazing, even climate change.
The Old Growth Forest Protection Strategy, launched by Wild Europe, seeks to provide – for the first time – a coordinated approach to saving the remnants of this precious heritage.

Presentations:

1. Toby Aykroyd, Wild Europe, will explain the objectives of the Strategy and its achievements so far

2. Zoltan Kun, Frankfurt Zoological Society, will outline the old growth forest project he is leading to implement the Strategy

3. Steffen Fritz, IIASA, will provide information on a major interactive mapping instrument he is developing

These presentations will be followed by a plenary Q&A session with participants. This will include focus on answers to the Questionnaire circulated beforehand.